Imagem Music Group Acquires 5 Alarm Music
06 Jan 2011
New York, January 6, 2011. Imagem Music Group, one of the world's largest independent music publishers and owner of Boosey & Hawkes and Rodgers & Hammerstein, has announced the acquisition of the leading independent US production library music company, 5 Alarm Music, in a move that will add significant weight to Imagem's existing production music services which includes Cavendish, Abaco and Strip Sounds. Cavendish, one of the world's oldest library music catalogues dating back to the 1930s, is represented by 5 Alarm in America effective immediately.
California-based 5 Alarm Music is a production music specialist. The company represents over 40 music libraries and in excess of 115,000 tracks. The company also owns the 5 Alarm, Rescue Records, IVU and Cinema Sounds catalogues, all of which are included in this sale.
Imagem Music Group, which recently announced the opening of a new production music division in the Netherlands to complement their existing London office, has acquired 5 Alarm Music as a going concern and will support the business in its continued development as a market leading production music company in the USA. Cassie Lord, who set up and has been running 5 Alarm Music since its launch 9 years ago as General Manager, will continue to be responsible for 5 Alarm Music as part of her new job as Vice President/General Manager for all library and production music activities of Imagem in the USA.
André de Raaff, CEO of Imagem said, "5 Alarm Music is a great acquisition for Imagem Music Group as we look to expand and grow our production music business. They are a well established successful agency in America with the 5 Alarm catalogue having a strong footprint in many territories around the world."
"We are very excited about joining the Imagem Music Group," said 5 Alarm's Cassie Lord. "André's dynamic world view on music publishing and the music industry is truly inspiring, and I know that the great team we have here in Pasadena looks forward to working alongside our new colleagues in New York, London and the Netherlands."
Alex Black (General Manager, Imagem Production Music UK) and Bill Gaden (COO, Imagem USA) issued a joint statement: "The development of library music has already proven very successful for Imagem, so we are eager to expand our presence in this field in the #1 production and library territory in the world - the USA."
About 5 Alarm Music
5 Alarm Music opened its doors in 2001 and was able to emerge from a 30 CD library into one of the largest leading production music library companies in North America. With more than 40 music libraries from all over the world, 5 Alarm Music has provided music for such TV productions as Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Saturday Night Live, Lie To Me, No Ordinary Family, Friday Night Lights and such features films as The Next Three Days (starring Russell Crow), The Beaver (Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson), Easy A (Emma Stone), Amelia (Hilary Swank), and Drive Angry (Nicolas Cage). 5 Alarm's online search engine has provided producers, editors and film makers with state-of-the-art technology to find the right piece of music for any project. 5 Alarm's mantra - "Your Music Concierge" -takes customer service seriously, helping guide clients by selecting tracks and emailing them in any audio format the client desires (AIFF, WAV, MP3's). Website: www.5alarmmusic.com